Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

International Human Resource Management

Course summary

Course code: INDU1130
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Course Coordinator(s): Michael Madden


Pre and co requisites



The course focuses on contemporary HRM topics within a comparative and international context, such as HRM in multi-nationals, global mobility and global talent management. This course aims to outline the background and the main theoretical frameworks for the study of IHRM; and introduce the broad functional areas of HRM, and how they interact.

Readings, examples, and case studies from a variety of countries will be used, highlighting international diversity, allowing students to compare the role, activities, and institutional frameworks of HRM in different national contexts.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully, students will;
1. demonstrate knowledge of the main theoretical frameworks influencing IHRM; the importance of the integration of HRM practices with corporate strategy; and the external and internal factors that have an impact on HRM strategy
2. critically evaluate best practice in the key strategic areas of HRM; resourcing, reward, performance management, training and development, and employee relations, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected
3. apply knowledge of international and comparative aspects of HRM to contemporary issues in HRM, such as multi-nationals, global mobility and global talent management.
4. synthesise, compare, and critically analyse key concepts, theories and practices relating to the key strategic elements of HRM,
5. critically evaluate how each of the key strategic elements of HRM can contribute and add value to the organisation,
6. assess how the main tasks of HR professionals and managers are interrelated with each other, and related to corporate strategy.

Indicative content

Introduction to IHRM; Core concepts in IHRM; Performance, knowledge and reward management; Resourcing the organisation; HR Development; Employee Relations

Teaching and learning activity

The course supports the student in an independent learning process in which teaching is interspersed with reading and information gathering. Students are encouraged to relate key theories within the subject field to practice at workplace level.
Lectures introduce and familiarise the students with the main issues surrounding the course.
Tutorials contain a combination of tutor-led and student-centred activities. The latter will be used to enable independent learning with students collaborating in groups. Activities include the discussion of videos, case studies and other readings, as well as group discussions, role plays, debates and presentations by students.


Portfolio - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark, learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 6.
Outline Details - Part 1: Group presentation, Part 2: Individual report based on presentation. 2500 words.
On a choice of questions (case study based).

Essay - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark, learning outcomes 1 - 6.
Outline Details - 3000 word essay.